NOW advocates for wide range of economic justice issues affecting women, from the glass ceiling to the sticky floor of poverty. These include welfare reform, livable wages, job discrimination, pay equity, housing, social security and pension reform, and much more.
Honoring Mothers at Work: Urge Your Senators and Representative to Support the Paycheck Fairness Act!
Mothers’ Equal Pay Day this year is observed on May 16 – that’s the amount of time working into a second year for mothers’ pay to reach parity with fathers’ pay. Women with child rearing responsibilities are paid less compared to all women (79 cents); on average, they receive only 73 cents compared to the dads’ one dollar.
ACTION ALERT: Urge Your Representative to Co-Sponsor the Social Security Caregiver Credit Act, A NOW Priority
TAKE ACTION: We are celebrating Social Security’s 80th birthday anniversary this month and want to note that this earned-benefit program has kept millions of older women and families with a deceased or disabled working parent out of dire poverty since its adoption in the mid-1930’s.Very nearly since the beginning of NOW’s 50-year history, we have advocated for the strengthening of the program, especially to benefit women and their families.
President Obama called on the Department of Labor to require federal contractors to collect pay information broken down by race, gender, and ethnicity. Submit a comment today about why equal pay is important and in support of the new rule!
Your vote is your voice – and every voice matters. Pledge to vote on November 4!
By Nairi Azaryan, Communications Intern A pipeline is a human made structure, moving substance swiftly and uninterrupted from point A to B. The school to prison pipeline does just that, sending young children of color, disproportionately girls, from sc… Read more »
By Leora Lihach, President’s Office Intern As the millennial generation begins to take center stage in the world, the feminist movement is at risk of severely slowing down. Too many young adults believe that feminism is off-limits to men and a dangerou… Read more »
The term “lean in” has been used fairly regularly in feminist discourse. It originated in a book published by Sheryl Sandberg that discusses factors that hold women back in the workforce and how women, she says, often hold themselves back. And I largel… Read more »
Research has proven that women are paid less than their male counterparts performing identical jobs under identical conditions. Women continue to be undervalued and underpaid employees in nearly every occupation. In addition to raising awareness for th… Read more »
Women’s rights advocates, Democrats and labor organizations have criticized CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder’s appointment as labor secretary, not least because of the depiction of women in his company’s advertisingRead more
Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, said Puzder has a history of pushing advertisements that are “deeply sexist and misogynistic.”Read more
Donald J. Trump’s campaign was dogged by accusations of misogyny. Now his cabinet is shaping up to be one of the most hostile in recent memory to issues affecting womenRead more
During a brief speech to local Democrats, O’Neill urged them to come out in big numbers on Nov. 8 and assure a Clinton win in the battleground state of Virginia.Read more
Printable PDF A Million Thanks to Organizers and Marchers – Women Made History! January 24, 2017 NOW activists are still thrilled and energized by the overwhelming turnout – not only for the Women’s March on Washington – but the impressive marches that… Read more »
Republicans Plan Repeal of Progressive Gains With Donald Trump’s assumption to the White House and majority GOP control of the Senate and House, Republicans plan to move full speed ahead with their radical agenda of repealing scores of Obama initiatives, enacting their long-desired agenda of drastically cutting funding for social safety net programs, repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (which would also eliminate the contraceptive insurance coverage mandate), converting Social Security and Medicare to private investment accounts and voucher approaches and enacting substantial tax cuts for upper income earners, weakening public schools through a massive voucher program and most alarming, narrowing women’s access to reproductive health care – among many other regressive and harmful actions. It is, indeed, an alarming prospect.
As we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, August 26, it seems like a good time to take stock. Predictably, we find a mixed record of modest advances towards equality and the stubbornly persistent inequalities. Here’s a quick rundown, starting with the important advances.
This packet includes ten fact sheets about federal legislation that is important to NOW because they would have a significant impact on women’s lives.